'It will be her last winter in a cold house' - Elderly woman(83) looks set to get central heating thanks to kind neighbour
Published 20/01/2016 | 10:33
An elderly woman looks set to have spent her last Christmas in the cold after a kind neighbour began a campaign to raise funds for the system and installation of a central heating system.
Speaking to Independent.ie, neighbour Keith Skelly revealed that the campaign is on course to raise the needed funds, thanks in part to traders who have offered to complete a number of the works for free.
Skelly has "received some great offers" and is working "to get those in stone".
"It looks like that we should have the heating system and the labour covered so we're just looking at the installation".
He told Independent.ie that his elderly neighbour Patricia(83) "can't believe the good will that is out there".
"I told her that no matter what happens, it'll be her last winter in a cold house... I think I was more emotional than she was!"
He explained that it's been difficult "publicly trying to push this but also protect her privacy".
A number of companies who contacted Skelly have asked to remain anonymous. "They don't want any PR from it, its just a good-will gesture".
While Skelly says that he's received some "trolling" as a result of the publicity around the campaign, "overall it's been very enjoyable and eye opening experience".
"I want to thank the contractors for their generous offers and hopefully fulfilment.
"It's going to make such a difference to her, not having to struggle around in the house".
The Ashbourne man set up the Generosity.com page last week to raise funds for a central heating system for his elderly neighbour.
Explaining the reason for the fundraiser, he wrote that while his neighbour is "extremely independent", she "lives in a house built in the early 1970's which has little or no insulation & also no heating system".
"To heat her house she has an open fire with no radiators, which means she has to get up in a cold house, get dressed, go out to her back yard to fill and carry a bucket of coal into her living room and start a fire".
Keith told Independent.ie that his family had been "very lucky" in the past and he wanted to pass it on.
His youngest sister passed away just before Christmas but had been gifted a "dream wedding" by the Lucan Spawell a year prior.
"They came to the hospital and told her they were giving her the wedding. She was married just over a year before she passed away".
"It kind of spurred me on to stop thinking about (Patricia's situation) and take action".
'Generosity' is a site by popular fundraising site Indiegogo, focusing on raising money for people in need rather than projects.
"Any funds that are left over will be put back into the website into other like-minded projects under the community heading".
You can donate to the campaign here.